For those of you obsessed with Game of Thrones (and why aren't you if you're not?), here's some news that proves how the show has completely taken over in a pretty awesome way. Seems that the United Kingdom's Office of National Statistics came out with the most popular 2012 baby names for England and Wales. If you're a Game of Thrones fan, some of them will look awfully familiar to you.
Believe it or not, a few families in England and Wales named their son Tyrion (four of 'em!). Eight were named Bran, 68 were named Ned, and, um, for whatever reason, 15 were named Theon.
Anyway, for the girls, there were 104 named Arya (one of the best female GoT characters ever), four were named Sansa, and three were named Catelyn. Seems that everyone wants to be a Stark!
But that's actually not the most surprising name on the list.
It seems that 21 British babies were named Khalessi in 2012!! Not Daenerys, not Emilia (the gorgeous actress who plays her), but Khalessi! For those of you who don't know what Khalessi means, it's a Dothraki title for the wife of the khal, the leader and warlord of the tribe.
Quite a stark contrast to Amelia, Olivia, and Jessica, the girls' names that topped the list, eh?
And even more surprising, here in the good ol' US of A, there are 146 girls with the name Khalessi as well. Now I kind of love the fact that people are so invested in the show that they would actually choose to name their daughters something as unique as Khalessi. Daenerys has proven time and again how she's one of the strongest, wisest, kindest, shrewdest, noblest, badass-est, perhaps most worthy of the throne of Westeros character in Game of Thrones. But don't you think it's a bit risky?
George R. R. Martin, the author of the popular series, hasn't finished books 6 and 7 yet. Plus, fans were a tad frustrated by her storyline in A Dance With Dragons. What if Daenerys suddenly has a change of heart and becomes a mass murderer or baby slaughterer or puppy killer or something? This is Game of Thrones, after all, and no one can predict what is coming. Except winter.
Plus, when hearing the names Tyrion or Khalessi, everyone will know what these names are from. They aren't nearly as generic as Ned or Arya, and your moody 17-year-old may come to resent it later that he or she was named after an extremely nerdy, twisted fantasy series. Kind of like naming your kid Frodo I suppose.
Still, no one is here to judge whatever you choose to call your kid, and you definitely could do a lot worse than naming your child after the Mother of Dragons. And it's kind of nice to have irrefutable proof that there are people out there who take their adoration of the show to these kind of extremes.
Let's just hope all these future Khalessis won't have to deal with love-struck boys screaming their names at the top of their lungs:
Would you ever name your baby something this unique in honor of your favorite television show?
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